EFE .– Colombian Luis Muriel needed only 38 minutes to sign a decisive double this Saturday in the 2-1 victory of Atalanta at the Crotone field and end a losing streak of two consecutive defeats in the Italian Serie A.
Muriel started with his compatriot Johan Mojica and Argentine Alejandro Gómez in Crotone and was replaced after the break by fellow Colombian Duván Zapata, in the field of rotations from the coach Giampiero Gasperini to manage energy for the appointment with Liverpool next Tuesday.
After starting Serie A with three consecutive victories, Atalanta chained two brakes, with a 1-4 setback in Napoli and 1-3 at home against Sampdoria, but claimed this Saturday led by an increasingly forceful Muriel as number 9.
The 29-year-old Santo Tomás striker opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a powerful right hand to the first post after excellent control in the area from Ukraine’s Ruslan Malinovsky.
In minute 38, Alex Cordaz struck the goalkeeper again with an accurate shot with his right leg inside the area after an assist from Swiss Remo Freuler.
Muriel, a former Udinese or Sevilla player, has scored four goals in five Serie A games played this season.
Crotone, who lost five of their six games this season, and whose only point came against Juventus (1-1), closed the gap thanks to Nigerian Nwankwo Simy on the brink of half-time, but could not avoid another setback.
Gasperini’s Atalanta, who will host Inter Milan on the next day, was momentarily second, one point behind Milan.